Casey County tax bills going out Friday

October 30, 2003|BRENDA S. EDWARDS

LIBERTY - The 2003 tax bills will be mailed Friday to Liberty and Casey County property owners.

In the county, 8,963 tax bills will go to 9,679 property owners, and the tax rate is the same as last year, according to Deputy Sheriff Marvine Crutcher. However, assessment of property is up, which will increase the bills.

The city will send out 992 tax bills and hopes to collect $138,700, up $6,456 from 2002, according to Sharleen Rodgers, city clerk. Last year, the city sent out 1,007 bills for a total of $132,224 in taxes. Collection begins immediately, and property owners who do not pay their bills by Jan. 31 will face a 10 percent penalty, Rodgers said.

The county hopes to collect $2,595,740 in tax money with almost half the funds or $1,222,319 going to the Casey County school district, according to Crutcher.


County tax money will be divided into several taxing districts. The state will get $519,538 from real estate, tangible personal property, intangibles, and annuities, and county government will get $225,250 from real estate and tangible property.

Special taxing districts get $628,631, to be distributed to the following: ambulance service, $76,193; extension service, $46,576; forest fire protection, $4,457; health department, $66,250; hospital, $225,250; library, $165,699; and soil conservation district, $44,204.

Crutcher said exonerations for homestead exemptions for people over 65 or disabled amount to $28,000 compared to $26,400 last year.

Collection will begin Saturday. Taxpayers will get a 2 percent discount if bills are paid by Nov. 30, and a 5 percent penalty will be added if bills are not paid by Jan. 31. After that, a 21 percent penalty is added to bills.

Crutcher said she collected 72 percent of the gross amount of taxes in November last year. The county usually has a 98 percent collection rate, she added.

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